By Degrees (Original Poem)

It happened by degrees.
She got a new job and it was full time and she was excited about it.
She didn’t have time for Facebook anymore, but she still loved to hear how everyone was doing.

It happened by degrees.
She started missing meetings with her writing group here and there.
Family was in town one week.
She had a paper to write.
She was sick.

It happened by degrees.
She only showed up once in a while now.
She didn’t have a word to read.
She smiled and she listened and she left.

It happened by degrees.
She gave up her story.
She gave up her friends.
She disappeared.

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